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Friday, November 11, 2011

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

As a wedding planner, you'd think she would have the perfect wedding experience...
Sherilyn Caine has left Chicago behind to marry Andrew Drummond IV, an Atlanta native with a family name that tops all the social registers. Landing the job as The Tanglewood’s wedding planner is a piece of cake for someone with a Type A personality; she’s the perfect fit for a wedding destination hotel known for its attention to even the tiniest details.
But when everything else is going along swimmingly, why are her own wedding plans drowning right before her eyes? One way or the other, Sherilyn is determined to make this wedding work—until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fiance?"-GoodReads.
Paperback320 pages
Published October 28th 2011 by Abingdon Press
Source: Publisher Review Request. Thank you, Abingdon Press!

In Always the Baker, Never the Bride we are introduced to Emma Rae Travis, the diabetic baker. And in Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride we are introduced to Sherilyn Caine, Emma Rae's best friend from college. While Emma couldn't hardly ever eat anything with sugar, Sherilyn eats sugar at almost every possible moment. A habit that Emma told her would catch up with her after college when life slowed down. Which it eventually does and Sherilyn is now very self-conscious about (along with many other things).
When she first comes to the Tanglewood Inn she finally feels as if she fits in somewhere and she thinks that the transition her and her fiance are making back to their hometown will be completely smooth. And that her wedding plans will be too. But, of course, that would not make for a very good story.

Many things go wrong from wedding plans getting messed up to exes randomly popping back into their lives to thinking Sherilyn is allergic to her fiance because she keeps getting horrible rashes whenever she is around him. All in all it's a cute and fun story.

Though I did enjoy meeting new characters, I really loved Emma and Jackson in the first book so whenever they were present in this story I found myself missing them being the main couple. But at least they were in the story enough to satiate my curiosity for what was going on with their relationship. And I end up enjoying Sherilyn and Andy's story, as well.

A few times it felt like there were one too many relational problems between Sherilyn and Andy. I know a lot had happened to them since they got together and they hadn't known each other for very long before getting engaged...but still, I needed a problem break every now and then but rarely got it. 
Also, there a few sentences and conversations that didn't make a lot of sense so I would have to read them a couple times to figure out what was meant by them. So that ended up jarring me out of the story. But then sentences like this: "…wearing a fine Italian suit, polka-dotted with rain-drops,’ would happen and I would be reminded of how much I enjoy Sandra's writing.

Other than my couple of qualms, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride is a cute story that has me looking forward to the 3rd and 4th books.
If you read the first in the Emma Rae Creations and loved it I would most certainly suggest you giving this one a go. If you haven't read either of them yet, get to the bookstore and get them. They will satisfy your craving for something very sweet.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, altered my opinion of the story or my review.

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